Diegetic Sound

This is sound that we can see, like dialogue.

Non-Diegetic Sound

This is sound that we cannot see. For example, music added in the background of a scene to emphasise the mood.


Sounds which are synchronized or matched with what is used.


Sounds that are not matched with a visible source of the sound on screen.

Sound Effects

An imitative produced artificially for theatrical purposes.

Sound Motif

Reoccurring element that is repeated as it has a significance in the story.

Sound Bridge

When the sound continues when the scene changes.


Original spoken conversation.


Is also known as off-camera or off-stage commentary. (narrative)

Mode of Address

The way in which a media text talks to its audience. The text incorporates assumptions about its audience.

Sound Mixing

Mixes sound from various sources using multi-track mixing disk.

Sound Perspective

Sound recording that helps us place a sound either near or distant.


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